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Countdown to kickoff: Knoxville construction could make for long delays

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KNOXVILLE (WBIR) -

Orange seems to be the color of choice for many East Tennesseeans. But this weekend, fans won't just been seeing it just because of the Vols season opener. It will be seen around campus and all over the sides of the road.

"Please arrive early," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. "There will be some changes but it's not impossible."

UT and Cumberland Avenue are undergoing several multi-million dollar construction projects and they are expected to cause delays before and after the game.

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"The last person is generally gone an hour and a half after the game. That's our biggest games. We expect that to be delayed a little longer this year. Possibly up to an hour," Rausch said.

Fans should consider these recommendations while planning their route:

If you don't have a UT parking pass, don't drive onto campus. All spaces are assigned.

"You're going to get caught up in traffic and you're going to make things worse," UT Police Chief Troy Lane said.

Authorities ask that you pick your parking destination before hitting the road and leave Knoxville the same way you came.

"Plan your route ahead and when you're finished here at the game, leave the same way so you don't spend a whole lot of time waiting in traffic," Knoxville Planning spokesperson Anne Wallace said.

If you want to avoid the construction completely, public transportation will also be available.

"Use KAT shuttles. They do pick up in a couple different places. One is at the Civic Coliseum. The other location is in Farragut," Rausch said.

Although fans will encounter lane closures and redevelopment projects, it's for a better cause. The current construction will ensure all future game days are as close to perfect as possible.

"Be patient. Plan a route. Execute that plan and I think you're going to be okay," Rausch said.

You can follow Cumberland Connect on Twitter for recommended traffic routes, as well as additional parking options.

Read more at WBIR's website.

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